TRUE DETECTIVE: Colin Farrell in Talks for Season 2 of the Hit HBO Series; Taylor Kitsch Also in the Mix

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True Detective season 2 may have finally begun casting its major roles as Colin Farrell is in talks to join the hit HBO series.  Additionally, Taylor Kitsch might be in the mix as well  Earlier today, we posted an interview with HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, and Lombardo said he assumed “at least some announcements will be happening in the next week.”  Since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson got two juicy roles and earned nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series, the show is presumably a hot ticket in Hollywood for actors and actresses looking for rich material in an acclaimed series that won’t permanently take them away from acting in movies.  Yesterday, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles, and now Farrell presumably has one of them, and Kitsch is being eyed for a part as well.

Hit the jump for more.

winters-tale-colin-farrellAccording to Deadline, “HBO would not confirm any of the potential castings,” but the entertainment news website is “confident that Farrell will be in the cast.”  Additionally, The Wrap reports that Farrell is close to signing a deal for the older, “rugged and gritty” male lead while Kitsch is being eyed for the younger male lead.

A couple months ago, there were rumblings that Jessica Chastain would be on board, but her reps denied her involvement, and there have been no more rumors about her joining the cast.  However, fans who wanted to have a more fleshed-out female lead are likely holding on to hope that one of the two remaining “central characters” will be a talented actress such as Chastain.

Signing on for True Detective would be a nice change-up for Farrell even though I think he has yet to really deliver on a dramatic role since In Bruges, which still has comedic elements.  However, when combined with him starring in The Lobster, the first English-language movie from Dogtooth director Giorgos Lanthimos, tackling True Detective shows that the actor is willing to branch out.

As for Kitsch, I continue to be a fan of the guy even though he’s associated with much maligned movies such as John Carter (a film I think is enjoyable) and Battleship.  While his movies are a mixed bag, a return to television might be a good fit considering his best performance on the small screen thus far was on Friday Night Lights.

Based off what Pizzolatto, McConaughey, and Harrelson accomplished in season one, there’s obviously a very high bar, which means daunting expectations when it comes to casting.  I can’t judge how good any of the casting will be since I don’t know anything about the roles or what Pizzolatto plans to do in season two, but I hope that these roles will be as challenging and intriguing as what we got before.

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  • Norrtron

    Great choice, Colin Farrell is a great actor when he has good material to work with.

    • axalon

      You could pretty much say that about any actor

      • guest

        No.

  • Internet Savior

    Kitsch was outstanding in Lone Survivor!!

    • WarrenWII

      he was good in Normal heart too. And I must be one of the few people who liked Savages, but oh well

  • DoremusJessup

    Colin Farrell can be good, but has quite a few misses on his resume. Kitsch has been surprisingly surging lately. Maybe not an ideal pairing. But hey, I trust HBO and I’m an enormous fan of the first series, I’m excited and on board. No doubt.

    • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

      In Bruges and Ondine prove he can deliver, I just think some of his choices have been poor

      • Anon

        I think Colin Farrell is much better when he’s acting in his own accent.

      • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

        I was thinking the exact same thing

      • Zuckerkorn

        Then I’d strongly recommend watching Tigerland.

      • Early Edition

        super good movie

      • agent777

        Have you seen Intermission? Very Irish, and very good aswell.

      • Early Edition

        yessssssssss

      • agent777

        Have you seen Intermission? Very Irish, and very good aswell.

      • Early Edition

        ondine is soooo good.

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  • Jamesy

    This seems a good fit for Farrell, he always seems to do better with more dramatic stories and “smaller” projects. I’ve always enjoyed him as an actor but in smaller movies he does so much better. Was great in In Bruges, Ondine, Triage, basically anything with a smaller budget. Taylor Kitsch is in the same boat I feel, a capable and talented actor but just can’t seem to catch a break, perhaps it’s with the bigger budgets there comes a pressure that affects their acting ability. Anyway, if this is true it could be great, I’d love to see John Hawkes or Ben Mendelsohn appear either as a “villain” or detective.

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  • LEM

    Farrell has made a great turnaround in his career and this could be the extra boost he needs and Kitsch needs something good after having back to back big budget flops with Battleship and John Carter.

    • Bob

      Watch Lone Survivor. He was fantastic in it actually.

      • LEM

        I’ll check it out.

  • vitextreeradar

    both of their careers are all over the place but they’re both really talented and deserve good material.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Farrell is good when he has good writing to work with (as he did on In Bruges an Seven Psychopaths, both written by Martin McDonagh). Pizzolatto is easily in McDonagh’s league, so I don’t anticipate Farrell being anything other than great.

    • BigJimSlade

      I thought he was great in Cassandra’s Dream, too. Him and Ewan McGregor worked really well together. The Way Back was a decent flick, too. Interesting and sad story.

  • Bob

    Did Zack Snyder have a hand in this? Let’s take an amazing series with an epic first season…. and totally fuck it up by casting two actors who are box office poison and fucking stink.

    I seriously wonder what the hell is going on in casting departments these days. There are so many great actors out there….why these two??

  • Strong Enough

    BAH!

    Get Idris Elba

  • Doot

    That’s pure conjecture but seeing how people at HBO seem to like keeping actors around I wouldn’t be surprised if Taylor Kitsch was picked right away since he was in The Normal Heart …

    By the way those “cameos” from the Treme guy and the Boardwalk empire guy were the one minor issue I had with season one. Way to obvious.

  • Cedhollywood

    Yes Yes Yes! Nothing left to be said. But if Farrell and even more really good actors get to be in this series,I really hope part of the intention is that they all will come back for the final season. Cause that would be insane!

  • Lowery

    2 White guys. Again. Okay, I’ll still watch it but… man it’s frustrating to keep seeing white guys always be the heroes. Farrell’s fine but It would’ve been awesome to have at least one dude or lady be you know… something else.

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